Bias lighting is, simply put, to light up the wall behind a monitor or TV. It creates a glow around the screen and, supposedly, creates a more comfortable and high contrast viewing experience. I made my bias lighting by merely sticking a LED-strip behind the TV.

LED strip lit, lying on bench

The ideal color temperature for this light is approximately 6500K. However, I found that to be a bit too “cold” since I use it as a decoration light as well as a bias light. So I went with something a bit warmer, natural white as it was called, with a temperature of 4200K.

LED strip lit, mounted on the back of TV

It really does make watching TV more enjoyable, and now it feels weird to watch TV without it… I got the LED-strip of eBay; the quality seems to be pretty good, link here. The strip is very bright, so I run mine with a 9 volts AC adapter.

TV in dark room, with bias lighting

TV in dark room, with bias lighting

TV turned on, with bias lighting

You can read more about bias lighting here: What bias lighting is and why you should be using it.

These are the parts I used:

  • 1 × AC adapter, 9 V=, 1 A, 2.1mm jack, SMPS
  • 0.4 m × LED strip, SMD5630, Neutral white, 12V, 4200k, 30lm/LED
  • 1 × Power jack, w/wire, female, 2.1mm x 5.5mm
  • 1.5 m × Wire, stranded, 2-cores, PVC, 0.33mm2 (22 AWG), Red/Black